About the Course

The course is intended to provide students with a basic guide to the history of Christianity in North-East India since the signing of the Treaty of Yandaboo and the establishment of the British rule. It will focus on diverse aspects of the history and culture of each of the seven states of the region, and the subsequent decline of Dharmic belief systems and cultures of the people with the rise of Christianity. The spread of Christianity was also marked by the rise of separatist movements in almost every state in due course of time. In this context, has there been any relationship between the Church and the unending insurgency in the North-East? What went wrong in the post-Independence era that led one state after the other to resort to a path of violence and seek secession from Bharat? What has been the nature of the conflict in the North-East? Is it political, religious, or ethnic; or, a mix of all of them? This course intends to address these questions and many more with respect to the Hindu civilization and culture of North-East India, the rise of Christianity, and insurgent movements in the North-East. It is also intended to equip students with certain basic skills including textbook reading, seminar presentations based on specific topics related to the North-East, and essay writing.


Course Information

Duration: 8 Weeks / 2 Months / 16 Lectures / 24 hours
Lecture: 90 minutes each
Frequency: Twice a Week
Medium: Bilingual (English/Hindi)
Delivery:Online through CIS Course Platform
Delivery Timings: Will be finally decided by the instructors after discussion with enrolled students
Enrollment Last Date: 29th August 2022
Course Start Date: 1st August 2022
Limited scholarships are available. Interested candidates can apply here: Scholarship Form (google.com)
Contact Details: cis@indusuni.ac.in


What You Will Learn

① Enabling students develop a holistic approach with respect to the history of Christianity in North-East India with special emphasis on the freedom struggle.
② Help them understand the role of the Church in the society and politics of the region.
③ Help them develop a holistic overview with regard to the different secessionist movements going on in the North-East.
④ The different religious belief systems of the people in the North-East, which are almost on the verge of near-extinction.
⑤ Increasing awareness of the youth on the problems of the North-East overall, especially the different insurgent outfits and their respective demands.


What You’ll Get

•Live and interactive lectures with instructors twice a week.

•Special guest interaction (Sandeep Balakrishna, Stephen Knapp) with experts to get comprehensive perspective.

•Reference material like articles, research papers, books and links to videos.

•Indus University certificate to certify that you have gone through the course

Refund Policy: Since these courses are available at subsidised rates, there is no provision for refund once you have enrolled for a course. In case you are not able to attend the course due to any unforeseen circumstances, we can accommodate you in a different course in lieu of the course you originally enrolled for.


Course Curriculum

Lecture 1: Geo-Strategic Significance of North-East India
1.1. A Brief History of the North-East since the Vedic Period. 00:00:00
1.2. Physiography of the region – the Meghalaya Plateau; the Brahmaputra River and Valley; the Barak Valley; the Naga hills, and the Imphal Valley. 00:00:00
1.3. The India-Myanmar Border & the Illegal Drug Trade in the North-East. 00:00:00
1.4. Chittagong Hill Tracts: A Brief Historical Perspective of the Burmese Insurgency. 00:00:00
1.5. The India-Bangladesh Border: Issues and Concerns. 00:00:00
Lecture 2: Treaty of Yandaboo& the Coming of the British
2.1. Decline of the Ahom dynasty. 00:00:00
2.2. A Brief Historical Overview of the Treaty of Yandaboo (1826): Seeds of Dissension Sowed? 00:00:00
2.3. Advent of Christianity: The Story of Godhula Brown. 00:00:00
2.4. Manipulation of Census Data: ‘Tribal Religion’ Differentiated from Hinduism. 00:00:00
2.5. Early stories of Conversion in the North-East: A study of the AoNagas. 00:00:00
Lecture 3: The Post-Independence Era
3.1. North-East India in the Aftermath of the Partition. 00:00:00
3.2. ‘Anthropological’ Studies of Verrier Elwin in the North-East: ‘Savaging the Civilized’. 00:00:00
3.3. Christianization of the North-East: A Nehruvian Conspiracy? 00:00:00
3.4. The Inner Line Permit (ILP) System – Boon or Bane? 00:00:00
3.5. Ban on the entry of sadhus &sannyasis: Rise of militancy. 00:00:00
Lecture 4: Christianity & the Naga Insurgency
4.1. The Impact of Christianity in the Naga Society. 00:00:00
4.2. Revolt Against the Church: Role of Hindu Naga leaders (HaipouJadonang, Rani Gaidinliu, etc.) 00:00:00
4.3. Post-Independence Era: Formation of the Naga Club & the Naga National Council (NNC). 00:00:00
4.4. Role of the Church in the Insurgency: Evaluating the Character of Michael Scott. 00:00:00
4.5. The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN): Demand for a separate ‘Christian’ state. 00:00:00
Lecture 5: Christianity & the Mizo Insurgency
5.1. The Pre-Christian Sanatan Vedic Heritage of Mizoram: Causes for its Decline. 00:00:00
5.2. The British Period: Role of the Pasalthas& their Fight against the Christian missionaries. 00:00:00
5.3. Political Scenario after Independence: The Mautam Famine. 00:00:00
5.4. Phenomenal Success of Christianity in Mizoram: Formation of the Mizo National Front (MNF) 00:00:00
5.5. Story of the violence against Buddhist Chakmas& Hindu Reangs. 00:00:00
Lecture 6: Spread of Christianity in Manipur: The Hill-Valley Divide
6.1. British Annexation of Manipur. 00:00:00
6.2. Important Events Prior to India’s Independence. 00:00:00
6.3. Rise of Christian Insurgent Groups: Growth of Secessionist Movements. 00:00:00
6.4. The Naga-Kuki Conflict. 00:00:00
6.5. Hill (predominantly Christian) versus Valley (bastion of the Hindu Meities) Divide. 00:00:00
Lecture 7: Left Rule in Tripura & Christian Insurgency
7.1. Independence and Merger of Tripura with India. 00:00:00
7.2. Unrest among vanavasi communities against the Church. 00:00:00
7.3. Unrest among vanavasi communities against the Church. 00:00:00
7.4. Formation of the National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT): Role of the Church. 00:00:00
7.5. Story of the violence against Hindu Jamatiyas, Hajongs, and Chakmas. 00:00:00
7.6. Role of Bangladesh in Sustaining the Insurgency. 00:00:00
Lecture 8: Secessionism in Assam
8.1. Early history of Assam: Prāgjyotispurā and Kāmrupā. 00:00:00
8.2. Post-Independence Era: Genesis of the Separatist Movements in Assam. 00:00:00
8.3. United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA): Links with the Christian Naga separatists. 00:00:00
8.4. The Bodo Insurgency: Role of the Church. 00:00:00
8.5. Islam in Lower Assam versus Christianity in Upper Assam. 00:00:00
Lecture 9: Christianity in Meghalaya
9.1. Coming of the British: Revolt in the Khasi, Garo, and Jaintia Hills. 00:00:00
9.2. Role of freedom fighters such as ToganSangma& Kiang Nangbah against the Church. 00:00:00
9.3. Patterns of the Christian Militancy. 00:00:00
9.4. Story of violence against Hindus of Meghalaya in Different Historical Time-Periods. 00:00:00
9.5. Present Scenario of the Conflict. 00:00:00
Lecture 10: Christianity in Arunachal Pradesh: A Different Story
10.1. North-East Frontier Agency (NEFA) & Religious Policy of the British Government. 00:00:00
10.2. Post-Independence Era: Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 1978. 00:00:00
10.3. ‘Gun-Point Conversions’ in Arunachal: Role of the Naga separatists. 00:00:00
10.4. Stories of resistance of the Mishimis, Noctes, Apatanis, etc. against the Church. 00:00:00
10.5. Role of the Department of Indigenous Faiths and Cultural Affairs. 00:00:00
Lecture 11: Drug Trade in the North-East & Role of the Church
11.1. Entry of drugs in the North-East: Kuomintang (KMT) & American missionaries. 00:00:00
11.2. Linkages between narco-terrorism and arms smuggling. 00:00:00
11.3. Narcotics trade & trafficking routes in the North-East. 00:00:00
11.4. Advent of Christianity & spread of drug-abuse in the North-East. 00:00:00
11.5. NC Hills Corridor of Assam – A Den of Illegal Activities. 00:00:00
Lecture 12: Counter-Insurgency Operations & the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act
12.1. Counter-Insurgency Strategy of the Indian State. 00:00:00
12.2. Nature of Counter-Insurgency Operations. 00:00:00
12.3. Introduction of AFSPA: Pros & Cons. 00:00:00
12.4. Assam Rifles: Role in Counter-Insurgency. 00:00:00
12.5. Formation of the North-Eastern Council (NEC). 00:00:00
Lecture 13: Christianity and Dharmic Faith Systems in the North-East
13.1. Preservation of Dharma among the Konyak and ZeliangrongNagas of Assam. 00:00:00
13.2. Vaishnava Dharma among the Meitei Hindus of Manipur. 00:00:00
13.3. Hindu Jaintias of Meghalaya and worship of DēviJayanteswāri. 00:00:00
13.4. Niam-Khasi: Traditional Religion of the Khasis of Meghalaya. 00:00:00
13.5. Rang-Fraa: Traditional Religion of the Tangsas and Tutsas of Arunachal Pradesh. 00:00:00
Lecture 14: The Way Forward
14.1. Curbing the role of the Church in the society and politics of the North-East. 00:00:00
14.2. Control of trafficking in narcotics and small arms. 00:00:00
14.3. Shift in the Counter-Insurgency Strategy Required? 00:00:00
14.4. Resolution of border conflicts. 00:00:00
14.5. Curbing Illegal Immigration. 00:00:00
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